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1:40 PM ET, November 25, 2012


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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Obama Administration Was Not Willing to Trust Romney With a Secret Kill List  —  Obama with advisors in the Oval Office on July 27, 2010  —  The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the summer of last year began to develop a set …
Discussion: The Agonist
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain demands administration renounce Morsi statement, warns of Islamist coup
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain: Rice could change my mind on Secretary of State vote  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should have the opportunity to change his mind about a potential nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, days after the Arizona lawmaker pledged to block her nomination.
New York Post:
Race rants over Rice  —  Republicans last week finally began hitting back at the absurd accusation by their Capitol Hill adversaries that criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice is racist and sexist.  —  “When you can't answer the question, you attack the questioner,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Saturday Night Card Game (WaPo plays the Rice card)
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Graham ready to ‘violate’ anti-tax pledge for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said he is ready to violate conservative activist Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge to reach a deal to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”  —  “I will violate the pledge …
‘This Week’ Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Dick Durbin and Ben Affleck  —  STEPHANOPOULOS (voice-over): Good morning, and welcome to “This Week.”  —  Cease-fire.  The Middle East pulls back from the brink, but will the truce brokered by Hillary hold?  And was this latest skirmish a warm-up for Israel's showdown with Iran?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Ben Affleck
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Barney Frank Calls Out Republican Senator: Stop Using ‘Weasel Words’  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) challenged the GOP's implications that the Obama administration or the FBI sat on the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal until after the election, describing such claims underhanded and unsubstantiated.
Douglas A. Blackmon / Washington Post:
Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote  —  OXFORD, Miss. — Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside …
New York Times:
Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines  —  THE oceans have risen and fallen throughout Earth's history, following the planet's natural temperature cycles.  Twenty thousand years ago, what is now New York City was at the edge of a giant ice sheet, and the sea was roughly 400 feet lower.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Daily Kos
George E. Condon Jr /
Can Obama Dodge the Second-Term Trap?  —  Knowing the past is not enough.  The pratfalls that vexed Obama's predecessors weren't always predictable.  —  In command: FDR tried to exert too much control.  —  It's no secret that presidents struggle in years five through eight.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Levin: Obama must warn Morsi over power grab  —  Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Sunday that he believes President Obama must signal strong concern to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi over the leader's move to exempt himself from judicial oversight.
Discussion: Politico
Martin Roberts / Guardian:
Catalans start voting in key election  —  Region's leader Artur Mas, who has promised independence referendum, is expected to fall short of overall majority  —  Catalans have begun voting in elections that could lead to the north-eastern region breaking away from Spain …
‘Gangnam Style’ Most Watched YouTube Video Ever  —  South Korean rapper PSY's “Gangnam Style” has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time.  —  YouTube says in a posting on its Trends blog that “Gangnam Style” had been viewed 805 million times as of Saturday afternoon …
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AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Explosions hit church at Nigeria army base
Americas view:
“Impossible” to end drug trade, says Calderón
Discussion: WorldViews and Outside the Beltway
Tim Mak / Politico:
McCain on abortion: GOP should leave issue alone
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Retailers pressure Congress to tax next ‘Cyber Monday’
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
UN Climate Chief Calls Out U.S. For Climate Inaction: Hurricane Sandy Is ‘Yet Another Wake-up Call’
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N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Economic View: A Liberal Obama vs. a Moderate Obama in the Fiscal Debate
Kathy Matheson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
U.S. officials tell state to use same standards to grade charter schools
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Rahm Emanuel / Washington Post:
It's time to rebuild America
That Shortage of Skilled Manufacturing Workers is Really a Shortage of Employers Willing to Pay the Market Wage